European headquarters of the US Armed Forces to be relocated from Stuttgart to Belgium
The US military on Wednesday said it would move its European headquarters from Germany to Belgium, and also unveiled a plan to withdraw some 12,000 troops from Germany on orders from President Donald Trump..
Last month, Trump announced plans to reduce the number of American troops in Germany to 25,000. The American leader accused Berlin of not meeting NATO’s defense spending targets, as well as unfair conduct in trade with the United States.
As US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper explained, 5,600 troops will be redeployed to other NATO countries, and 6,400 will return to the United States..
Esper noted that changes will take place in the coming weeks and “will require diplomatic efforts.” He added that the withdrawal of troops from Germany will cost billions of dollars, but the costs will be spread over time..
General Tod Walters, Commander of the US European Command and NATO Supreme Commander in Europe, stressed that all decisions are aimed at maintaining peace in Europe and “increasing the effectiveness of the United States in the competition between the leading powers.”.
Reportedly, more than 2,000 troops from Germany will be transferred to headquarters in Belgium and Italy, 4,500 will be deployed on a rotational basis in the Black Sea region, and 2,500 Air Force personnel currently in the UK will remain there..
As explained by the deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Hayten, further decisions on the transfer of troops will be discussed with Congress..
“We are deploying our forces with a focus on containing aggression and countering its malevolent influence,” Haiten said, referring to Russia..
Democrat Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, criticized the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw troops from Germany.
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“The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw troops from Germany not only offends one of our closest allies, but ultimately leads to weakening US efforts to counter Kremlin aggression in Europe,” Menendez said in a statement..
“The Senate has the responsibility to act and block this step,” the legislator says..
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